Advantages of Bible Study Fellowship's Bible study program include in-depth instruction on and interpretation of passages in the Bible; inclusion in a community with similar beliefs but diverse perspectives; and a multi-faceted teaching style. Participants in the program complete lessons individually over the course of a week and then come together once a week to exchange opinions and perspectives.
Bible Study Fellowship International offers year-long classes for men, women, young adults and children. Each year, every BSF participant across the world studies the same book or group of books of the Bible. For the 2015-2016 year, for example, BSF is covering the book of Revelation.
Each lesson is split up into six sections; participants complete one section each day of the week besides the day that the class meets on. Each section has approximately three to six questions and covers anywhere from several verses to an entire chapter. Some of the questions are straightforward and simply ask for the participant to identify something within the text; other questions are more insightful and require personal reflection.
BSF began in the late 1950s in Southern California when several women heard missionary Audrey Johnson speak at their church and asked her to lead them in a Bible study. The group gradually grew, first throughout the Bay area, then to other states including Indiana and Arkansas, then across the entire country, and finally internationally in the 1980s. As of 2015, BSF offers more than 1,000 classes in 39 countries.